VANCOUVER – Ranchers fleeing wildfires in British Columbia’s Interior are leaving behind an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cattle, hoping the animals’ instincts will keep them safe.The head of the B.C. Cattleman’s Association said there are a significant number of ranches established in the Cariboo region, where dozens of fires have been sparked since Thursday.Association general manager Kevin Boon said with so many fires springing up at once and cattle dispersed across properties for summer grazing, many ranchers didn’t have time to collect and move herds.“We’re hoping they’re staying ahead of the fire because in a lot of cases with the vastness of the area out there, you just can’t get to your cattle,” he said.Boon said it’s too early to be sure of the exact numbers of cattle on the range, but if the fires spread, more than 20,000 head could be affected.Deaths, particularly from smoke inhalation, are expected, he added. Some animals may have to be euthanized in the coming days if they’re discovered to be severely injured.Although ranchers are expecting the worst, Boon said the likelihood of the cows surviving is good.“These animals have very good instincts. They know what the places are that they can go where they are safe,” he said.Most of the cows are born and bred in the region and know where to find low-lying areas that are moist or by water sources, he said.“These fires move fast but they’re not that fast, these cattle can out-move them,” Boon said, adding that the bigger risk with the high number of fires is the cattle fleeing one area only to run into another fire.Sally Aitken, a Williams Lake resident who was evacuated last week, said she saw a herd grazing as smoke billowed in the distance.“They all had their heads down and they were eating grass as if nothing was happening,” she said. “The worst part of the fire was already down wind of them so they might have been okay … but they just seemed oblivious.”Boon said losing cattle can have a significant economic impact on ranchers, with breeding cows and their calves worth anywhere from $1,000 to several thousand dollars per head.Damage to infrastructure, such as fences, and loss of feed will also be costly for ranchers to replace.“They’re reported as forest fires and sure enough the trees are burning but that grass that we utilize underneath is burning,” Boon said.Feed may have to be brought in from other parts of the province or even further afield depending on how significant the losses are once the fires are extinguished.Boon said some ranchers who also work in lumber mills could be financially hit twice if that industry also suffers damages due to the fires.“It’s all speculation until we know there is damage being done,” he said. “A lot of the time we fear the worst, hope for the best and come out not too bad.”Some cows have already been collected and moved to vacant ranches, and Boon said efforts are underway to determine whether other cattle need to be moved or delivered more feed.He said there are disaster relief funds that will kick in to support farmers and his organization is already planning to help rebuild fences.As people return to communities that were evacuated, Boon said “it may look bare and barren” but drivers should be wary that “there is a good chance there will be some cattle or other wildlife on those roads.”—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.
EDMONTON – The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants Alberta to sell marijuana through government-run stores — at least in the short term — to ensure public safety before profit.Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD, points to marijuana stores in the United States that slash prices to mark the annual April 20 counter-culture celebration of public cannabis consumption.“There are a lot of people that want to make a lot of money on this legalization, a lot of entrepreneurs, and they’re not interested in public safety,” Murie said in an interview Thursday.“I think governments, especially the provincial government, (need to) stand up and say, ‘Look we will proceed with caution, and we will make sure that we’re not losing a lot of young people, which is the greatest risk.’”MADD and other groups are weighing in on Alberta’s plans to regulate and enforce the legalization of recreational use of marijuana starting July 1.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Wednesday the plan is to have the legal age of consumption set at 18 to match the legal age for drinking and smoking.The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission would distribute and oversee sales, but Ganley said the province hasn’t decided whether the government should sell weed or let private entrepreneurs do it. Alberta regulates and sells its liquor through private stores.Ivonne Martinez, head of the Alberta Liquor Store Association, said that model has shown it can work and required zoning restrictions are already in place to keep stores away from where kids gather.“If you want to try to meet the tight deadlines that the federal government is putting forward … I think that meets all of their requirements,” said Martinez.No matter what the model, Ganley said cannabis will not be sold in the same venues as tobacco, alcohol or pharmaceutical drugs.Martinez said existing liquor stores could adapt, physically wall off two sides and create separate entrances.The Alberta Medical Association declined comment Thursday, but has made it clear it strongly disagrees with setting the legal age at 18 instead of 21.“Legalizing recreational cannabis at an age of 18 knowing the clear effects on the developing brain and higher risk of addiction at younger ages is inappropriate,” the association said in previous written submissions. “It sends a message that there is no increase in risk and harm to youth, which is clearly incorrect.”Ganley has said 18 makes sense because it’s better to have young people get marijuana over the counter than from a drug dealer.The federal government won’t allow the sale of cannabis-laced edible products until it develops regulatory oversight to dictate things such as serving sizes, potency and health warnings.The state of Colorado legalized marijuana use in 2012 and has seen a rise in accidental ingestion and poisonings among children.Kathy Belton of the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta said she wants to see more information on how governments plan to keep kids safe.“The age limit is not what is shown to be best practice, but I understand why the province chose 18 years,” said Belton in an email.“The more distressing point is the lack of detail about the consumer education program.”Ganley is also promising tougher rules on enforcement before next July.Calgary police chief Roger Chaffin, acting head of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, says officers will face a complex challenge when marijuana goes from being a black and white issue to multiple shades of grey.For example, any adult caught with 30 grams of marijuana will be within the law — but 30.5 grams is not.“One more joint went from being legal to being illegal,” said Chaffin.“That’s where we continue to work with the government … to make sure we have a consistent approach for how we will manage those things. Do they become criminal matters? Are they matters that are going to handled under provincial legislation? These things are not yet answered.”
#BCHwy97 CLOSED due to a vehicle incident between Kennedy Rd and Azu Sub Rd. Detour not available. Expect dealys. Next update time at 2:00 PM. #JohnHartHwy #LemorayBC #OldFriendMountain— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) March 11, 2019A vehicle incident has caused the closure. There is no detour available. The next update is expected at 2 p.m.For updates and current conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca UPDATE – The highway is now open to single lane traffic.CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between the Pine Pass and MacKenzie turn off.Drivebc.ca says a vehicle incident has closed the highway between Kennedy road the Azu Sub road. The area is approximately 16 to 19 km south of the Pine Pass Summit.
CAIRO- Egyptian prosecutors ordered at least 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including an ex-lawmaker, held on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group, a day after the government blacklisted the movement, state media reported.They include the son of a deputy leader of deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s movement, which the government declared yesterday a terrorist organization, the official MENA news agency said.Seven were detained for a renewable two-week period in the city of Alexandria and 11 in the Nile Delta town of Zagazig. Police also arrested 16 suspected Muslim Brotherhood members for passing out leaflets in support of the group and “inciting to violence,” the agency reported.The Brotherhood’s designation as a terrorist group means anyone taking part in these rallies could be sentenced to five years in prison, the interior ministry said.Possessing their literature, or supporting them “verbally or in writing,” is punishable by up to five years in prison, a ministry statement said.The Brotherhood still organizes almost daily protests demanding Morsi’s return almost six months after the military overthrew him.More than 1,000 people have been killed in street clashes and thousands imprisoned in a police crackdown on the movement.
TORONTO — The parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King is committing to serving cage-free eggs at all Canadian, American and Mexican locations by 2025.Restaurant Brands International joins a growing list of restaurants that have promised to dish up eggs sourced only from hens that have not been confined to cages.Denny’s has promised its U.S. restaurants would serve only cage-free eggs by 2026, McDonald’s committed to doing the same at its Canadian and American locations by 2025, and Starbucks plans to meet that goal by 2020.Burnbrae Farms egg heiress brushes off ‘perception’ of conflict as new chief of staff to agriculture ministerNestle commits to using only cage-free eggs in U.S. by 2020McDonald’s Canada moves to serve free-run eggs in its restaurants amid mounting consumer pressureIn December, Nestle SA announced it will stop using eggs laid by caged hens in its U.S. products by 2020, making it the largest packaged food company to go cage-free amid pressure from consumers and animal-rights groups.The Canadian wing of Humane Society International applauded the announcement from Restaurant Brands International, saying it is working with dozens of companies to follow suit.
WASHINGTON — The top U.S. trade official says he’s optimistic a NAFTA agreement could be reached soon.U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer made the remark in an interview on CNBC.Lighthizer says that if a real effort gets made and people compromise, there could be an agreement in principle in the “next little bit.”He cites the reason for the sudden rush: elections.If there’s no deal in the next few weeks, the Trump administration fears that elections in Mexico and in the U.S. Congress will kick the talks into 2019 and make it harder to reach an agreement.In an effort to get a deal, the U.S. appears to have backed away from one of its most contentious demands and is no longer insisting that 50 per cent of cars be made in the U.S., and is now floating a different formula based on autoworker salaries.
“I am asking you, particularly young people, to have a global vision. Just forget that you are American citizens. Living in New York or California…This is a very small world. [People elsewhere] are our brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers, so we have to live together,” Mr. Ban told participants at the UN 7th Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The Secretary-General thanked the organization for its advocacy in helping reach young people and promote support for the UN in the US. As it stands now, the US is the largest single donor country to the UN – 20-27 per cent of all the Organization’s financial requirements come from US taxpayers. In his remarks, Mr. Ban recalled growing up in Korea as a little boy. “Tens of thousands of American young men and women came to Korea to rescue us, as a part of the United Nations collective security. Without the US and without the United Nations, all Koreans or even the Republic of Korea might not have been able to exist…I owe a great deal – I am one of the greatest beneficiaries of the United Nations.” Now, the UN is building refugee tents, providing food, water sanitation, and make-shift schools. And although this year marks 70 years since the UN’s creation and the end of the Second World War, there is still work to be done to fight racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of intolerance.Recalling his participation at yesterday’s White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism, Mr. Ban emphasized the importance of solidarity among people from countries of different faiths and religions. Fighting violent extremism “is not a war against any religion by any religion or against any civilization or by any civilization. This is a war against a brutal criminality – unspeakable, intolerable brutality – beheadings, kidnapping, killing, raping.”There are reasons why this kind of extremism happens such as bad governance including failed leadership, corruption, injustice, and inequality. Addressing this is a global challenge and not a single country, however powerful or resourceful, can do it alone. The United Nations also cannot do it alone. Therefore, it’s important to show solidarity and mobilize.Human dignity and human rights go hand-in-hand in preventing violent extremism, Mr. Ban said. “I think you should feel a responsibility as citizens of the most resourceful, richest country in the world. You should have a global citizenship.”Mr. Ban said he plans to host a high-level meeting, inviting all the faith leaders around the world to spotlight the importance of tolerance and education. Killing people is a crime, no matter the cause or grievance. That’s why, on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the UN has very ambitious goals to make the world sustainable – environmentally, socially, and economically. Member States have already announced 17 very ambitious goals with 169 targets to make these goals achieved by 2030. “By 2030, our target is that we eradicate poverty…by that time, we will have gender equality. By that time there should be no children who are left behind at school, at least secondary schools,” Mr. Ban said. There are still 67 million young people, school-age children who are out of primary schools. By 2030, they will have to have access to secondary school. By 2030, the UN will have reduced significantly the mothers who are dying while delivering babies and girls and boys who are dying from preventable diseases such as malaria, polio and so many diseases which are preventable. By 2030, the world will be more environmentally sustainable. The Secretary-General said he looked forward to December this year, when in Paris the world will plan to sign a historic climate change agreement. But first, in July, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Member States will meet for a conference on development financing.
Soup’s on, and so is the annual Brock University United Way campaign.The Souper Star Lunch is Tuesday, Oct. 7 (12 noon) at Guernsey Market and will feature six different soups: Warm vichyssoise (leek and potato) with red pepper oil and a cheese straw, chicken wing, mulligatawny, autumn harvest vegetable (vegan), Spanish lentil chorizo sausage, and pumpkin and black bean (vegetarian).The faculty challenge and soup king competition will add another element of fun to an event that usually sells out.Tickets are $10 and include samples of each soup. Tickets can be purchased through the Centre for the Arts box office x3257 until Monday.“It’s a fun event, and it gets faculty and staff out together,” Brock United Way staff co-chair Diana Panter said. “People look forward to it every year.”Brock’s United Way committee will announce its 2014 fundraising goal during the lunch. Last year’s campaign raised more than $150,000 for United Way St. Catharines and District, which funds 70 programs delivered by 40 agencies.Money benefits those who need the most help across Niagara, such as youth, people with physical or mental disabilities, and the elderly.Other events include Trivia Night on Friday, Nov. 14 at Club Roma. Tickets are $25, and tables seat eight. Tickets are available from the Centre for the Arts box office x3257.A new Spin-A-Thon is scheduled for Oct. 31, and more details will be released next week. It replaces the Halloween Fun Run.Brock employees have been generous over the years in their support of the United Way. Last year 21% of employees donated money through a monthly payroll deduction.The campaign wrap-up and appreciation party is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 9.There will be free coffee and cake in appreciation of the United Way donors, volunteers, committee members and supporters. All Brock faculty and staff and welcome to attend, and the committee is always looking for new members, Panter said.“It’s a great way to give back to the community. There’s a strong culture of giving on campus. We have some great people working here and they do great things.”Follow Brock’s United Way committee on Facebook and Twitter.
Through his research, Matt Busnello (BA ’16, MA ’18) has learned about the horrors of the Holocaust and the resilience of its survivors.The recent Brock Master of Arts in History graduate is now using his work to give back to the local community, helping to create a Holocaust monument to be built in Welland.Busnello, who graduated at the University’s Oct. 12 Convocation ceremony, has partnered with the Chabad Jewish Centre of Niagara on the project. He has created a design contest for the monument, to be erected in the Anshe Yosher Jewish Niagara Cemetery — the oldest Jewish cemetery in the region.“The purpose of the Holocaust and Jewish Welland Memorial is to offer Jewish people who live in Niagara, as well as visitors to the Chabad Niagara Jewish Welcome Centre, a place to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Holocaust,” Busnello says.The Brock alumnus is running the monument’s design contest, which is open to submissions from the public, and putting together the committee that will help decide the winner. The monument is expected to be unveiled in June 2019 to coincide with the cemetery’s centennial. It will be placed in an accessible location on the Lyons Creek Road property, adding to the region’s list of Holocaust memorials, which also stand in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.“This project means a lot to the people in the community,” Busnello says. “We’ve had an outpouring of support from community members but also from people who once lived in Niagara who want to participate and get involved. It’s been really special in that way.”Busnello says Brock’s 20th century European, German and world history courses nurtured his interests as an undergraduate and motivated him to continue studying the Holocaust as a graduate student, working with Associate Professor Elizabeth Vlossak.“Since much of Dr. Vlossak’s work deals with memory and the politics of commemoration, she suggested that I examine how the Holocaust has been remembered in Canada, specifically among its Jewish population,” he says. His research focuses on local forms of commemoration in southern Ontario and how it connects to the larger culture of Holocaust commemoration.Busnello says his Brock experience “played a big role in getting me to where I am today.”“I don’t think I would have been able to take on a project of this size if I didn’t have this kind of background.”Busnello is eager to see the results of the design contest, which is open to the public but has also been marketed to architects and architecture firms, designers and independent artists.“We’re really going for transparency, not having it limited to any one group of people, trying to keep it open and allowing for a fair and open competitive contest,” he says. The contest began Sept. 4 and ends on Oct. 18.For more information about the design contest, or about the Chabad Jewish Centre of Niagara, visit the organization’s website.(EDITOR’S NOTE: Story by fifth-year Interactive Arts and Science student Ellen Thornton, an intern with the Faculty of Humanities)
Updated, 11:39THE HIGH COURT has dismissed an appeal by the National Asset Management Agency against a finding that it had a legal responsibility to deal with public requests for environmental information.The State-owned ‘bad bank’ failed in its bid to overturn a finding by the Commissioner for Environmental Information, Emily O’Reilly, who had ruled in September 2011 that NAMA was a ‘public authority’ as outlined in regulations on environmental information.Requests for environmental information are governed under a system similar to Freedom of Information requests, and are governed by a European directive from 2003 which is transcribed into Irish law by a statutory instrument from 2007.The dispute arose after Gavin Sheridan of transparency blog TheStory.ie made a request to NAMA, in 2010, seeking details of any environmental information impact requests it had carried out.NAMA dismissed the application, arguing that it did not fall under the scope of the regulations. Sheridan appealed to the Commissioner for Environmental Information, who ruled that NAMA fell within the definition of a public body outlined in the 2007 regulations.NAMA then appealed to the High Court on a point of law, disputing the Commissioner’s interpretation.‘And includes’The dispute centred on the meaning of the words “and includes”, which NAMA said could be interpreted as ‘may include’ – meaning it could be excluded from the scope of the regulations.This morning Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh said the court’s job was to determine the intent of the European directive and of the Irish legislation implementing it, and found that the words ‘and includes’ had a “plain and ordinary meaning” once the intent of the legislation was clear.He said the prelude to the EU directive made it clear that the legislation was intended to ensure that information about the environment was “progressively disseminated” – finding that it would be “difficult to imagine a broader definition” of a public body than the one outlined in the European directive.While the judge said he had not been assured that the meaning of the words ‘and includes’ was as expansive as the Commissioner had argued, he said the Commissioner was correct in her interpretation of the 2007 regulations.A hearing on costs was fixed for March 30. NAMA may appeal the finding to the Supreme Court, but did not indicate today whether it intended to do so.Afterwards, Sheridan said he was glad that the judge had “broadly agreed” with the Commissioner’s reasoning, but would wait until a full copy of the judgment was available before he could assess its impact.“It means that, for the moment at least, we have some legal clarity on how to read the regulations,” he added, saying he did not personally anticipate that NAMA might appeal.“Since NAMA is planned to come under a somewhat restricted FOI regime,” he said, “it would seem to me to be wasteful or NAMA to pursue a Supreme Court appeal.“But we will wait and see on that one,” Sheridan added.Previously: Pivotal ruling may subject Nama to information requests
THE PSNI HAS clarified its position on the flying of flags in Belfast.Yesterday, it was reported that the police in Northern Ireland were to clamp down on the flying of flags in a mixed area of Belfast, Ballynafeigh on the Ormeau Road.The BBC had said that following discussions with Sinn Féin assembly member Alex Maskey, the PSNI would treat the erection of loyalist flags in Ballynafeigh as “a breach of the peace”.A statement made to BBC NI politics programme The View made the statement and said that community representatives had been spoken to. But the PSNI said that the removal of flags is not their responsibility.Public safetyToday, a PSNI spokesperson responded to reports that the policy on the role of police dealing with flags in Northern Ireland has changed.“No single body or agency has the answer to all of the issues surrounding the flying or the removal of flags in Northern Ireland,” they said.They reiterated that the removal of flags is not the responsibility of the PSNI and said that “police can only act to remove flags where there are substantial risks to public safety”.This is entirely in line with existing PSNI policy and practice and does not represent any change in that policy.The spokesperson said the PSNI “accept[s] that this can lead to the perception of differing approaches in different areas, but this is the essence of local community resolutions in the absence of a wider consensus”.The experience within policing shows that the approach most likely to provide for public safety and prevention of disorder is based on the principles of engagement between local communities working with agencies including local police and resulting in local decision-making.Protests broke out in December 2012 over a decision to only fly the Union flag on 19 designated days of the year at Belfast’s City Hall.Read: PSNI encouraged by latest union flag protest in Belfast> Opinion: In Northern Ireland, we are literally lurching from crisis to crisis>
BlackBerry has announced two new devices, both of which you’ll probably never be able to get your hands on. One is a limited edition red version of the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 and the other is the Dev Alpha C, the first QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device that the company is handing out (the real BB10-powered, keyboard BlackBerry, the Q10, won’t be ready for retail shelves for a little while longer).BlackBerry clearly wants to do everything it can to keep the launch day momentum going, and that means redoubling efforts to entice developers to bring their apps to BlackBerry World. Dangling a snazzy new handset or two is always a pretty decent incentive, unless cold, hard cash is still on the table. BlackBerry has been dishing out a fair amount of that lately, too, all in the name of enticing app developers to get their submissions uploaded pronto.Again, these goodies are for developers only — so if you really have your heart set on the glossy red Z10 or the blocky Dev Alpha C you’ll need to keep an eye on eBay. Other BlackBerry 10 handsets have popped up, but you may need to be willing to part with more than $1,000 to get one.If that’s too rich for your blood you’ll have to content yourself with the black or white Z10 and Q10 when availability expands beyond the UK and Canada. U.S. fans have to wait until March to pick up a new BlackBerry, but those extra weeks of waiting should be rewarded with a more robust selection of apps to choose from and perhaps some welcome software updates. Looks like BlackBerry Maps needs some TLC.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – Newly-named Parliamentary Commissioner Philip Turner announced that the process of electing School Board Members for 2017-2020 has begun, during a press conference at the Parliamentary Registration Department, October 3, 2017. Mr. Turner said the 2014-2017 board member appointments end Tuesday, October 31, 2017 and so new members must be named by Election Day Monday, October 30.Registers have been certified and scrutinizers have been appointed for the process of Candidates’ Nomination to take place Friday, October 6 — Nomination Day. Candidates seeking nomination should be parent or guardian at the school they wish to be nominated for, and Bahamian citizens 18 years or older.Director of Education in the Ministry of Education Lionel Sands said it is the Ministry’s aim to have boards at each school in the country. In 2014 fifty-five boards were named and elected. In 2017 sixty-four have been named.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
The Asian Poker Tour has been forced to relocate its season finale from Macau to Manila after failing to gain the necessary approvals in time.Originally scheduled to be held at Macau Billionaire Poker (MBP) Room at Babylon Casino in late November, the APT Finale 2018 will now be staged at Resorts World Manila from 27 November to 6 December. Megaworld insists POGO exposure “small and manageable” as license moratorium sees share price tumble Load More RelatedPosts G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August It is the second consecutive Macau event the APT has been forced to cancel after August’s APT Macau was also put on hold. IAG understands that both the APT and MBP are pushing to reschedule at least one of the Macau events in early 2019.Explaining the situation, APT CEO Jeff Mann said, “In August we had to cancel our scheduled event in Macau due to circumstances beyond either APT’s or our local partner’s control.“We did not wish this to happen again given that some confirmations for the event including exact dates were outstanding. The fact is our Finale is becoming very popular with players from around the world and already some are requesting confirmed details so that they can make plans for the end of the year.”
60 Photos Now playing: Watch this: After reviewers reported problems with the Galaxy Fold’s screen last week, Samsung announced on Monday that it would delay the Fold’s scheduled sale date. AT&T Samsung T-Mobile Looks like the new shipping date for the @SamsungMobileUS #GalaxyFold is June 13thAt least according to this email about my order I just received from @ATT 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/0At2XzPoFA— David Cogen (@theunlockr) April 23, 2019 Originally published April 24, 8:25 a.m. PT.Update, 10:38 a.m.: Adds comment from T-Mobile. Foldable Phones Tablets Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… 10:12 Share your voice “Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance,” Samsung said in a statement. “To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.” The company also sent emails to customers who had preordered the device, promising to provide “more specific shipping information” within two weeks. Now, we know that the phone will start shipping on June 13 — at least to some AT&T customers. Read more: Galaxy Fold screens are breaking: Everything you need to knowT-Mobile, another US carrier that plans to sell the Fold, said in a statement, “We have no further details but we will update you when we have more information.” Samsung declined to comment on this story, but said earlier that it would delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold and that it would announce a new release date “in the coming weeks.”Samsung won’t charge customers’ credit cards for the Fold until it ships, and will let customers cancel without penalty before that time. CNET today published its review of the Galaxy Fold, although we’ve held off assigning it a rating until we can test the final shipped-to-consumers product. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Angela Lang/CNET Samsung will begin shipping its Galaxy Fold phone to AT&T customers on June 13. On Tuesday, AT&T customer David Cogen tweeted a message from AT&T asking him to accept the new shipping date. The date and other information in the tweet are accurate, a person familiar with the company’s plans told CNET. Tags Post a comment 0
More than a dozen people testified publicly at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ April 10 Kokhanok scoping meeting about the proposed Pebble Mine. (Photo by Avery Lill/ KDLG)Early last week, more than 50 people packed into a Kokhanok community building, filling all the seats at rows of folding tables and standing in the back of the room. People from the Kokhanok, Levelock, the Alaska Peninsula Corporation and Bristol Bay Native Corporation were there to suggest resources of concern and alternatives to the proposed Pebble Mine plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Listen nowMore than two dozen took the microphone to testify. All who testified publicly at the Kokhanok meeting expressed deep apprehension or outright opposition to the Pebble Project’s mining plan.“Bristol Bay is very unique,” Kokhanok resident John Nelson Jr said. “The proposed Pebble mine poses a tremendous risk to our region. Iliamna Lake is very pristine as well as what I perceive as world-class fishing.”Greg Andrew Jr. of Levelock voiced unease about the icebreaking ferry the Pebble Limited Partnership plans to run across Iliamna Lake every day to transport mining materials. Many echoed that concern at the Kokhanok meeting and other scoping meetings held last week.“The icebreaking ferry will directly impact all the communities in the watershed,” Andrew said. “As [Iliamna Lake] is used as an ice highway in the winter, it will no longer be safe to travel between communities, especially during the carnival months. I fear lives will be lost traveling during the winter.”Andrew and others also raised the concern that the ferry could pose a risk to the lake’s Pacific harbor seal population.A child at the Newhalen scoping meeting traces the proposed transportation corridor for mining materials. (Photo by Avery Lill/ KDLG)Two days later, the Army Corps held another scoping meeting on the north side of Iliamna Lake in the village of Newhalen. There, the public testimony was mixed in support and opposition to the mine.Of the 15 people who testified publically, nine were from Newhalen and Iliamna, adjacent communities that share a road system. Three people from Pedro Bay and three from Dillingham also spoke at the meeting.Most who spoke from Newhalen and Iliamna were either neutral or in support of the proposed mine. These are among the closest villages to the proposed mine site, which is roughly 17 miles away.“We are here to let the Army Corps of Engineers know that we would like you guys to allow Pebble to go through with a fair process,” Lorene Anelon said. Anelon is the president of Iliamna Natives Limited, the local native corporation. “What we saw here was an opportunity for people to get jobs, and that’s what we saw as the positive side. Now, I have the same concerns that everybody else is voicing about our subsistence way of life, and we would like to see that protected for the people.”Economic opportunity was a common theme among those who testified in favor of mining in Bristol Bay.Margie Olympic lives in Newhalen and has worked for the Pebble Limited Partnership since 2006.(Courtesy of Pebble Limited Partnership)“I was raised on a commercial fishing boat in Dillingham,” Olympic said. “Back in the day, we used to make enough money to support the entire family. Nowadays, fishing can only buy a few groceries or just catch up on bills. I am very grateful that I have a job that I can put food on the table, pay bills and have private insurance. The best part is I don’t have to get up and leave my community. Having the Pebble Partnership with employment would help our communities thrive and support our families.”Those who flew in from Pedro Bay and Dillingham were opposed to the mine. Their specific apprehensions included potential risks to water quality, commercial fishing, subsistence fishing and hunting.“I am concerned that loss of water from the streams and the aquifer that feeds the streams will hurt the salmon spawn,” Keith Jensen of Pedro Bay said. “The threat of contamination during the transportation of materials over the road corridor, over the rivers and streams, across the lake is too great. At the end of the mine’s life, we will forever live with the threat of contamination from tailings ponds and dam failures.”The Corps of Engineers will hold four more scoping meetings this week. Those meetings will be in Nondalton on April 16, Dillingham on April 17, Iguigig on April 18 and Anchorage on April 19. The meetings in Dillingham and Anchorage will not include an opportunity to testify publically before a gathered audience because the USACE anticipates high turnout.Public comment delivered in-person, by mail and online will play a role in shaping the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. That EIS will analyze potential detrimental and beneficial effects of the Pebble Project and develop alternatives to the proposed mine plan. The finalized EIS will serve as a tool for federal agencies as they decide whether or not to permit the copper, gold and molybdenum mine in Bristol Bay. The comment period for Pebble Mine’s Environmental Impact Statement closes June 29.
Former Anchorage bank vault manager Gary Valenzuela has pleaded guilty to taking more than $4 million cash (pictured) from his employer, Key Bank, in 2011. He was apprehended in Mexico. (U.S. Attorney’s Office photo)Federal prosecutors say a former Anchorage bank vault manager who walked away from work one day in 2011 with more than $4 million — then took the cash to Mexico, where he has been jailed ever since — is now set to be sentenced for the crime back in Alaska. In court filings, 33-year-old Gerardo “Gary” Adam Cazarez Valenzuela admits he took the money from the Key Bank vault.According to the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum, Valenzuela found a way to disable some security measures. The court filing says he had an ice cream social the day of the heist, and that because he stayed late to clean up, there were not “dual controls” in place that would’ve prevented him from taking the money alone.Valenzuela put the cash in boxes, wheeled them out the door, and then hopped on a private jet to Washington state, according to the prosecution’s timeline of events. He then picked up an AK-47 assault rifle and a pistol and drove to Mexico, where he ultimately ended up on a bus, the court filings say.But Mexican authorities — in an apparently random search of the bus — found the cash and the guns, and they arrested Valenzuela on smuggling charges.Without the random search, prosecutors wrote that Valenzuela would, “be sipping margaritas and enjoying his millions in stolen money…”Prosecutors say Valenzuela spent seven years jailed in Mexico, while at the same time Key Bank spent over a half-million dollars trying to get back their money. Prosecutors say Valenzuela’s theft caused Key Bank such financial harm that it had to lay off some employees.The roughly half-million in legal fees is what prosecutors are asking a judge to impose on Valenzuela as restitution, as well as requesting a nine-year prison term.The sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 29.According to the sentencing memo, there is some dispute about a separate half-million dollars that Valenzuela is said to have left with family members in Washington. The court filing says the family members claim to have had the money stolen from them after they left it in the back of a pickup in a bad part of their town.
Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA Staffordshire Moorlands road is partially blocked due to an overturned vehicle this morning. The vehicle has overturned on Biddulph Common Road, near the border with Cheshire – with the accident first reported at around 8.20am today (Thursday November 22). No one is reported to be injured, which has taken place between Overton Road and Newtown Road. Inrix, the traffic data company, said while the road is not closed the conditions are described as treacherous due to ice on the surface. A Staffordshire Police spokesman added: “Over turned vehicle on Common Road,Biddulph. Please drive carefully in these icy conditions. Luckily no injuries. “Neighbourhood officers on scene to get road cleared.” Read MorePolice catch motorist driving on Stoke-on-Trent road – with windscreen looking like this Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
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